COVID 19 INFECTIONS IN NC HAVE RISEN SINCE THANKSGIVING: At least 1,566,269 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 18,976 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, Dec. 10, reported 3,606 new COVID-19 cases, down from 4,153 on Thursday. At least 1,493 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 on Dec. 10, including 372 adults being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. On Dec. 8, the latest date with available information, 7.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 73% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 69% have been fully vaccinated. Almost two years of this, and still one out of four adults refuse to be vaccinated.